Pecoy Notch Trail

The Pecoy Notch Trail extends from the junction of the Roaring Kill Trail and Mink Hollow Trail to the Devil’s Path. Some hikers use this trail, Mink Hollow Trail, Roaring Kill Trail and the Devil’s Path to create a 7-mile loop hike featuring Sugarloaf Mountain.

Balsam Lake Summit via Dry Brook Ridge Trail

The most direct route is from the Balsam Lake Mountain Trailhead on Beaverkill Road. Follow the blue-marked Dry Brook Ridge Trail north 0.9 miles to its junction with the red-marked Balsam Lake Mountain Trail, turn left and follow it northwest .85 miles, passing a lean-to before reaching the summit. Total distance: 1.75 miles (3.5 miles […]


Rochester Wild Forest- Shandaken Wild Forest

The Rochester Hollow parcel has three marked trails. The longest is the Colonel Rochester Trail (blue blaze – 2.7 miles). There are two loops off the blue trail. The Burrough’s Memorial Forest Trail (yellow blaze -0.7 miles) leads to the John Burroughs Memorial Forest, a plantation of white and Norway spruce on an abandoned farm […]

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Ashokan High Point Trail

A terrific hike all times of year, this trail has a gentle uphill slope for the first 2.72 miles as you follow a path alongside the Kanape Brook. When you reach a trail junction, travel to the left and for about a mile the trail will be steeply uphill (1000′) to the summit of Ashokan […]

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Ashokan Reservoir Promenade

A paved handicap accessible path along the southern edge of the Ashokan Reservoir offers beautiful views and multiple recreational opportunities. The path is 2.7 miles one way and 5.4 roundtrip. The two parking areas are on either side of the walking path: one in Olivebridge, and the other in Kingston. Visitors can walk, ride bikes, […]

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Ashokan Quarry Trail

A lollipop loop hike that begins right off of Route 28A (look for signage about 0.2 miles after you pass the western Ashokan Reservoir Promenade Parking Area). This two mile trail has interpretive signage about the Catskills and the Watershed. Hikers pass by a quarry that was used in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir […]

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Tan Bark Trail

Some steep climbs heading out of downtown Phoenicia lead to beautiful views. Good for hikers and families looking for a moderate challenge.

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Mount Tremper Fire Tower Trail

A steep and rocky trail that leads up to the Mount Tremper Fire Tower. The summit of Tremper Mountain is 2730′ and the steel fire tower on the top is 47 feet tall. The traditional way to summit Tremper Mountain is from the parking area on Old Route 28 on the west side of the […]

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Red Hill Fire Tower Trail

A new trail, completed at the beginning of 2021 takes you to the top of Red Hill where you can also climb the Red Hill Fire Tower. Follow the blue-marked Red Hill Tower Trail for 1.4 miles from the trailhead on Denning Road in Claryville, NY. When you reach the junction where a yellow-marked trail […]

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Platte Clove Preserve Nature Trail

The Nature Trail is a 1/2 mile loop trail on the south side of the Plattekill Creek that gives visitors the opportunity to walk along the creek, see the top of Platte Clove and walk through the ruins of a former boarding house that existed on the site in the 19th century. The trail starts […]

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Platte Clove Preserve Waterfall Trail

The Waterfall Trail is an approximately 1/3 mile, one-way trail to the base of Plattekill Falls. The trail begins at the trail junction in front of the informational kiosk just above the Red Cabin. From here the trail goes eastward and slopes downward to the edge of the clove and then turns and descends to […]

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Thorn Preserve Meadow Paths

Mowed paths lead you through the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve. The preserve boasts the most painted views of Overlook Mountain. Sweeping grassland habitat, riparian forest and ponds make this spot a profoundly relaxing and peaceful area. Thorn Preserve is an undeveloped landscape, which will can offer nature-based education, sustainable agriculture, model stream management, and an ideal […]

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Kaaterskill Rail Trail

The Kaaterskill Rail Trail runs on a 1.5 mile section of the abandoned Ulster & Delaware Railroad between the Mountain Top Historical Society property in Haines Falls and DEC land at the end of Laurel House Road.  The trail is open to public use for non-motorized, multi-use activities.  The current trail starts at the Mountain […]

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Slide Mountain Trail

Summit the tallest peak in the Catskills and enjoy a beautiful view from the summit of Slide in 5.6 miles. A moderately difficult uphill climb brings you to the top using red-blazed trail markers. The Slide Mountain Trail can be hiked as an out and back, or can be completed as a loop with the […]

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Catskills Visitor Center Esopus Creek Trail

The Esopus Creek Trail is approximately 1/2 mile out and back. It travels from the Visitor Center across Route 28 and to the bank of the Esopus Creek. This trail is constructed to ADA accessibility standards and provides a family-friendly route to the banks of the Esopus where you can enjoy the mountain and river […]

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Catskills Visitor Center Upper Ridge Trail

The Upper Ridge Trail is approximately 1/2 mile out and back. It ascends the slope behind the Catskills Visitor Center main building and ends at a rustic picnic area. The trail, originally built by the NYNJ Trail Conference showcases trail building techniques used throughout the Catskills on new, sustainable trails and trail reconstruction projects.

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Hunter Mountain Trail via Becker Hollow

A very rocky trail with consistent elevation gain leading to a fire tower. This hike begins at a trailhead on Route 214 near Stony Clove Notch in Hunter, NY. The trail ascends for approximately 2.35 miles and gains 2240 feet in elevation. The trail returns the same way, descending back down to the parking area. […]

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Wittenberg Mountain Trail

A strenuous hike with a terrific reward at the top. Trail ascends steeply for 3.7 miles up from Woodland Valley Campground in Phoenicia, NY, through scenic forest land, following red trail markers, and returns using the same trail of 3.7 miles back down to the parking area. A small day use fee applies when you […]

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Shavertown Trail

Hike to a lovely pond and enjoy the views of the Pepacton Reservoir.

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Huckleberry Point Trail

A nice hike with a big payoff in the form of an overlook with gorgeous views.

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Overlook Mountain Trail

A consistent climb that leads to beautiful views, a fire tower, and the ruins of the Overlook Mountain House.  This trail is popular and the parking lots fill up fast. You can continue on to nearby Echo Lake, where there are primitive camp sites.

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Rochester Hollow Trail

A lovely wooded walk with stone walls and a John Burroughs memorial marker. Do part of the trail as an out-and-back or enjoy the red and yellow loop trails at the trail junctions.

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Giant Ledge

This popular trail leads to some of the best views in the Catskills. There are multiple ledges providing sweeping vistas. You can continue on the trail to summit Panther Mountain for additional views. Parking is limited and the trail sees high traffic, especially during the summer and autumn.

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Kelly Hollow Trail

Two different loops offer great options for hiking and cross-country skiing. This is a lovely, forested trail with multiple stream crossings. Good for the whole family.

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Sunset Rock Trail

A short trail with views that inspired the Hudson River School Painters. A day use fee is in effect to use the North Lake Beach Parking Lot from May – October. There are lots of other connecting trails and features of interest nearby.

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Ashokan Rail Trail

A new, crushed-stone trail running along the north side of the Ashokan Reservoir. Woodstock Dike Trailhead located at 1285 NY-28 in West Hurley. Ashokan Station Trailhead located at 3045 NY-28 in Shokan. Boiceville Bridge Trailhead located at 5080 Route 28A in Boiceville.

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Catskills Visitor Center Interpretive Loop Trail

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Opened in 2015, the CVC connects residents and visitors with the ecology, history, and culture that make the Catskills unique Interpretive Loop Trail (red trail markers, easy): approximately ½ mile, […]

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Frick Pond Loop

Loop through woods, wetlands, and fields in Sullivan County